What does a Texas Truck Wreck Lawyer Look At?

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Behind the Scenes, Your Lawyer Does a Lot

On the surface, it can seem like almost all a Texas truck wreck lawyer does is help to argue your case.  It’s all about how many times you want to slam your fist on the table and raise your voice to persuade the insurance company to pony up what they need to so you can heal, right?

The Car Crash Captain takes a look at some of the factors your lawyer considers when fighting for your rights.  It’s often a lot more than what it appears on the surface – especially when a commercial vehicle, like a semi-truck, is involved.

The 5 Behind-the-Scenes Investigations a Texas Truck Wreck Lawyer Performs

Knowing the law is part of it.  Knowing what to look for, where the information is, and how to interpret that data is a whole other level of arguing for your rights as the victim of a wreck.

Understanding Electronic Control Module Data

The electronic control module (ECM), or “black box,” contains information about the truck being operated.  Since 2015 they have been mandated for all commercial trucks, and they record data that can be pulled around the time of the wreck: GPS location, speed, braking, and more).  Read about the black boxes on our previous post.

Your Texas truck wreck lawyer will know how to access this information, and how to use it to help show that you were the victim.

Scouring Maintenance Records and Negligence

Commercial vehicles have to meet strict maintenance requirements.  It’s perfectly legal (though not recommended) for you to drive a personal vehicle with maintenance issues (such as worn brake pads, unchanged oil, bald tires, and the like).  For those owning or driving commercial rigs, maintenance needs to be kept up with.

Failure to keep up with maintenance can help prove that the truck driver was negligent, and you were the victim.  Knowing what to look for in those maintenance records is one of the truck wreck lawyer’s skills.

Liability as an Independent Contractor versus Employee

Owner/operators have to keep up with more than an employee.  An independent contractor, enlisted by a trucking company, has different liability than an employee of that company.  There are a handful of ways that the driver of the truck might be operating, and each one has different rules and liabilities.

If you were injured in a truck wreck, would you know how to pursue justice based on the operational structure of the trucking company and driver?

Knowing the Complex Federal Regulations

Speaking of all those different liabilities, there are a lot of rules that truck drivers have to follow to help ensure they’re as safe as possible while on the road.  Some of them have to do with how many hours they can drive, what sort of driving record they must maintain, training, and more.

If a driver hasn’t kept up with the regulations, or is in violation of them, it is a powerful piece of evidence in your favor – if you know where to find that information.

Comparing with all other Factors of the Wreck

Trucking regulations are one thing, liability is another, and then you still have to factor in all of the other variables that can lead to a wreck.  Traffic patterns, weather, time of day, road hazards, and more need to be accounted for to help show that you were the victim, and you deserve justice.

Enlisting the help of a knowledgeable Texas truck wreck lawyer is the only way to have the peace of mind you deserve if you’re injured.

Herbert Law Group Knows Texas Truck Wrecks

The good news is that Herbert Law Group not only knows the law, but also has an extensive history of helping victims receive compensation that will allow them to heal.

If you have been injured, or a loved one was killed, in a Texas truck wreck, let’s talk about what happened, and see how we can help.  It starts with a free phone call.

Call our offices at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form and we will reach out to you.

What Vehicle is Considered a Commercial Vehicle?

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Not All Commercial Vehicles are Semi-Trucks

If you’re involved in a wreck here in Texas, do you know if it’s a standard automobile accident, or a commercial vehicle accident?  Certainly, if you’re hit by a semi-truck, then you know it’s going to fall under the commercial vehicle class, but what if you were hit by a 12-passenger van?

There are federal regulations that determine what vehicles are considered to be commercial vehicles, and which may look like commercial vehicles, but are still considered to be private or not-for-commerce.  Let’s see what the Car Crash Captain has to say about commercial vehicle accidents in Texas.

Determining a Commercial Vehicle

Commonly, commercial vehicles are determined by three factors: size and weight, number of passengers, and cargo being hauled.  A general rule of thumb to keep in mind: if the owner or operator of the vehicle is being paid to transport whatever is inside, then it’s likely going to be considered a commercial vehicle.

Size and Weight of a Commercial Vehicle

Most commercial vehicles are heavier.  It doesn’t make sense to transport goods in the back of a pickup truck when a semi will be much more efficient.  The federal guidelines say that a vehicle over 10,001 pounds (and used to transport property or passengers) is a commercial vehicle.  When that truck hits 26,000 pounds, they have even more stringent regulations – most fully loaded semi-trucks are 35,000 to 80,000 pounds.

That weight rating is the combined weight of both the vehicle and the load they are hauling.  And it refers to the actual weight or the weight rating; whichever is greater.

What doesn’t fall into this category?  Privately owned vehicles being used for private purposes.  Such as a big RV being used to transport family on vacation.

Number of Passengers

Depending on how many people are loaded into the rig can bump it into the commercial vehicle category.  This one is broken into two parts.

First, if the vehicle is designed, or used, to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.  Notice that is says “designed or used.”  If it’s a 12-passenger van, and only 2 people are in it, it’s still “designed” to transport more than 8 people.  If it’s a 6-passenger van, and has 9 people in it, it’s still “used” to transport more than 8 people.

Second, if the vehicle is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver not for compensation.  Again, “designed or used” is clarified here, but the difference is that if it’s not used for compensation.  This would be vehicles such as school busses, airport shuttle busses, or even large church vans.

Cargo Hauled by the Commercial Vehicle

If the vehicle doesn’t meet the other qualifications, it can still be considered commercial depending on what is being hauled.  Normally this only applies to hazardous materials – even if it’s the size of a Honda Civic but it’s hauling some toxic waste, then it’s considered to be a commercial vehicle.

Talk to Herbert Law Group after a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Texas

There is quite a bit more that goes into commercial vehicle wrecks than what it appears on the surface.  A semi-truck wreck is one that involves a commercial vehicle, but there are many other factors to consider.

If you have been injured in a wreck, will you be able to tell if you should be pursuing compensation based on commercial vehicle laws, hazardous material transportation laws, extra-heavy vehicle laws, passenger vehicle laws, or something else completely?  Do government owned vehicles or emergency vehicles fall into the same category?

The commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Herbert Law Group understand all of this.  Let them handle the tricky legal stuff, you handle recovering from your injuries.  It starts with a free phone call.  Dial 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and let’s see how we can help.

Safely Travel among Semi-Trucks this Holiday Season

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How to Avoid an Accident with a Semi

As the fall progresses, millions of people will hit the road for the holiday season.  That is, any time from Thanksgiving through New Years.  This influx of traffic often coincides with some terrible weather, and it creates more “opportunities” to get in a wreck.  Let’s check in with the Car Crash Captain to see how we can safely travel among semi-trucks this season.

Safe Travels on Texas Highways

We share the road with commercial vehicles, road-trippers, commuters, and those just out for a drive.  While semi-truck travel may diminish a little on the actual holidays themselves, truck drivers are still out there hauling goods across America so we can score those black Friday deals and have well-stocked shelves at the grocery stores for our holiday feasts.  More traffic means it’s time to be vigilant and drive defensively.

Give a Bit Extra Room

Under ideal conditions, it will take a fully-loaded semi-truck 200 more feet to stop than a passenger vehicle.  But what if we’re talking about less-than-ideal conditions?

If you’re driving on slick roads, your passenger vehicle won’t be able to slow and stop nearly as quickly as when the roads are dry.  If you wish to safely travel among semi-trucks, it’s important to understand that they can often stop faster than a passenger vehicle as their weight allows them to maintain traction on the road.  If you’re following too closely, you may end up rear-ending the semi because your car slides and their truck doesn’t.

All things being equal, tailgating is a top cause of accidents no matter what time of year it is.  Just give a little extra room. 

Understand how to Drive on Slick Roads

In Texas the roads don’t often become too slick to drive.  However, there are several times each year where the temperatures drop for a period of time and things ice over completely.  When that happens, mayhem ensues.

Slick roads can be navigated safely, however, the best way to navigate slick roads is to have experience driving on slick roads.  That means all the book knowledge in the world is going to be little help when you’re faced with skidding down the road sideways.  If it’s not essential to drive in bad weather, then it’s best to just not drive during the slippery days.

If you are on the road when temperatures are hovering near freezing, pay extra attention to what’s going on around you.  Bridges will ice up faster than roadways, and if other vehicles seem to be skidding a bit, take more precautions.  If possible, avoid driving near a semi-truck in case their tires break free and cause the truck to lose control.

Travel During the “Off” Times

Truck drivers are on the road for their job.  That means most of them try to maintain a bit of a schedule, like driving during daylight hours and during the week.  Some of them have routes that are set up so they can be home for the weekend, and they are driving during normal business hours.

That means more trucks are on the roads from 9-5 on weekdays.  Statistically speaking 3pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays have a higher likelihood of truck crashes.  When you’re planning your travel, consider traveling on the weekend, or doing most of your driving during hours that trucks won’t be on the road.

Keep in mind, however, that the “off” hours are sometimes the colder hours – nights and mornings have a higher chance of encountering slick roads as the temperatures are lower.

Drive with Grace

Road rage has been an issue since roads and vehicles were around.  Everyone believes they are the best drivers out there, and they have the right skills.  Anyone who drives differently, well that’s cause to rage!

There’s a saying that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, anyone driving faster than you is a maniac.  But the truth is, we’re all doing the best we can.

When you hit the road, start your trip with the intentions of giving other drivers some grace.  That’s not to say let them rage and bully you off the road, but rather to safely travel among semi-trucks and other vehicles, understand that we all drive differently.  Instead of raging, know that you’ll arrive alive if you keep your cool.

Slow Down to Arrive Sooner

It’s perfectly logical to think that driving faster will make you arrive at your destination sooner.  In a perfect world that has no traffic, no wrecks, and dry roads, that might be true.  In this imperfect world, however, we have to remember that other variables exist.

Driving over the speed limit can end up with a traffic ticket.  The time spent on the side of the road waiting for the officer to write your ticket means you would have arrived much sooner if you had slowed down.

Driving faster leads to careless mistakes.  Most other drivers are expecting you to drive the speed limit (or drive according to conditions if the roads are slick).  When you’re booking it, they may change lanes in front of you.  Ultimately, being injured or killed in a wreck is going to put a serious delay on your arrival time.

Talk with Herbert Law Group if You’re in a Wreck

Even when exercising caution, there will be other drivers that don’t exercise caution.  Semi-truck drivers are held to a higher standard than passenger vehicle motorists as this is what they do all day.  Despite trying to safely travel among semi-trucks, you might be hit by one due to no fault of your own.

If you’re involved in a wreck, and you have been injured or a loved one was killed, then it’s time to speak with Herbert Law Group to navigate the tricky world of insurance.

All you need to do is give us a call at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’ll have a free conversation to find out what happened, and then determine how we can help.

Staying Safe on Texas Highways: Avoiding a Semi-Truck Accident

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Defensive Driving can Save Your Life

Runing within the borders, Texas has 3,233 miles of interstate highway.  Those long expanses help to connect major cities from one end of the country to another and make great thoroughfares for the trucking industry.

However, it also means that we share the roads with some of the busiest commercial trucking routes out there.  An abundance of large trucks means that there are bound to be inattentive truck drivers.  That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t prevent a wreck – it just means everyone needs to be more vigilant.

Let’s tune in and see what the Car Crash Captain has to say about avoiding a semi-truck accident.

Avoiding a Semi-Truck Accident with Defensive Driving

If you’re the victim, you shouldn’t be worrying if you could have done more to prevent the accident.  If you’re the victim of a truck accident, then the fault lies with the truck driver.  We can only do so much, and then hope that other motorists are paying attention and following the laws of the road.

Maintain a Safe Distance

We all know that we should stay about two seconds behind the vehicle in front of us.  Trucks, however, can’t maneuver quite as quickly as smaller rigs, and their size means they block the view of potential hazards coming up.  Staying back 3,4, or even 5 seconds gives you more time to adjust if a wreck is imminent.

But wait, there’s more than just the distance behind the truck.  A fully loaded semi-truck takes a long time to stop.  If you whip into the lane right in front of them, you’re setting yourself up to be rear-ended.  Make sure you’re leaving a good gap behind yourself to be safe (yes, we know you can’t help it if the truck driver then tailgates you, but you do have a choice to cut them off or not).

Watch for the Blind Spot

Because of how big a truck is, they have a substantial blind spot.  Trucks hauling double, or even triple, trailers have even larger blind spots.

For the standard truck, a blind spot is 20 feet in front of them, and 30 feet behind them.  If you’re within the no-no zone, they might not see you.  Throw a little rain, snow, fog, or even just cloudy and dark days, and you’re even harder to see – especially if you’re partially into the blind spot.

Use Your Signals

It’s just common courtesy to let other motorists know your intentions on the road.  But keep in mind that flipping on your signal indicates your intention, it doesn’t give you permission.  You still have to wait for the appropriate amount of room before changing lanes.

Proper Vehicle Maintenance is Key

We just wrote about how you can help stave off a devastating wreck by maintaining your rig.  Check out that blog post and make sure you have everything in order and you aren’t putting others at risk while you drive.

Travel at the Right Time

Most truck accidents happen between 3 and 6 pm.  It’s the end of a long day, there’s more traffic on the roads, drivers are tired all around, and often people just want to get where they’re going so they take a bit more risk.

If you are intent on avoiding a semi-truck accident, then plan your road trip around those hours.  Travel a little earlier, take a longer break in the afternoon, and avoid the congested areas near big cities during the evening rush hour.

Talk with Herbert Law Group if You were Injured

Let’s face it, no matter how good of a driver you are, there’s an equally bad driver out there.  You can follow all the rules, be alert, prepared, and defensive, and then get hit by another motorist that is driving like a madman… or even just driving like a normal man, but distracted.

If you have been injured in a semi-truck accident, or a loved one was killed, we should talk.  The insurance company likely won’t dole out the proper compensation on their own, so let Herbert Law Group encourage them to do the right thing.

Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’ll get to know you, figure out what happened, and see how we can help.

After a Truck Accident in Texas, Be Aware of These Key Points

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How to Talk about Your Texas Truck Accident

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Texas, you have the right to file a claim against the trucking company for damages.  These damages don’t just include your wrecked vehicle, medical bills, lost wages and the like, but they can include pain and suffering – an aspect of the wreck many insurance companies hope you don’t know about.

Let’s see what the Car Crash Captain has to say about being in a Texas truck accident.

Understanding Your Rights as a Victim

The first thing you have to know after a truck accident in Texas, is that most trucking companies will have their lawyers and insurance company move into action quickly.  They are going to gather evidence, get quotes, take names, and analyze how they can diminish your claim.  Don’t panic!  The sooner you can get your truck wreck lawyer informed the better.

Do – Take Names and Information

When someone from the trucking company calls you (or their insurance company, or their legal representation) the first thing you should ask for is their name, who they work for, and their contact information.  Any reputable business will give this information, if they hesitate or don’t do it, make a note of what you do know.

Do Not – Give a Statement

The insurance company will likely call you on a recorded line.  Their goal is to get you to say something that diminishes your claim.  Questions can be phrased in a tricky way so you admit fault unwillingly.  Perhaps something along the lines of, “When you changed lanes without signaling, did you see the truck?”  Even answering, “No I did not see the truck.” Can be twisted to say that you admit you did an illegal lane change.  The best option is to just not give any statement at all.  Instead…

Do – Refer to Your Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

When insurance, trucking company lawyers, or the trucking company themselves call you, gather their information, and then refer them to your truck accident lawyer.  If they ask questions, you just have to say, “I am represented by Herbert Law Group, please direct any inquiries to them.”  It is likely they will insist on getting information, they just need, “a little information.” And will ask questions such as, “Is it true this accident took place on such and such a date?”  Keep your resolve, and direct them to Herbert Law Group.

Do Not – Accept the First Settlement Offer

Insurance companies rely on the fact that you don’t know the law the way they do.  They may throw out a settlement offer and make it sound like it’s a “take it or leave it” proposition.  In reality, you don’t have to take the first settlement offer.  It’s usually better if you do not take that offer – even if you’re in a simple fender bender.  You can almost always argue for a better settlement that will meet your needs.

Do – Know You have the Right to Choose

Most insurance companies will try to get you to use their preferred providers.  They will claim that the settlement will go quicker or more smoothly if you use the auto body shop of their choice, of if you choose the doctor they have endorsed.  Remember, you have the right to choose your service provider – it doesn’t have to be their recommended provider.

Do Not – Post on Social Media

Immediately following the wreck, it’s time to go silent on social.  A post as innocuous as “Got in a wreck, I’m fine, don’t worry about me.” Can be construed as you are faking your injuries.  Insurance investigators will find anything that can be used to weaken your claim.  Even performing physical activities in public can be seen as your injuries are not as severe as you said.  Stay silent on social, and monitor your actions where someone could be watching.

Do Contact Herbert Law Group after a Truck Accident in Texas

Long before any insurance company should be contacting you, you should have already contacted Herbert Law group to get guidance on the wreck.

Before we can help, though, we have to know what happened.  So, we’ve opened the phone lines for a free consultation.  Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

Semi-Truck Accidents Happen, and You Need a Lawyer

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Why You Need a Lawyer after a Semi-Truck Wreck

Often, wrecks seem like they’re pretty straightforward.  You crash, swap insurance information, insurance pays out, and get back to living your life.  That certainly works in many situations, usually when there are no injuries.  But being involved in a semi-truck accident, there’s more to consider.

Let’s look at what the Car Crash Captain has to say about these wrecks and what you need to consider if you, or a loved one, are involved in a crash with a big rig.

Liability with a Truck Wreck is Complex

When you’re involved in a wreck with another passenger vehicle, liability is usually a bit more straightforward – whoever is operating the vehicle is almost always the one held liable.  Considering semi-truck accidents, liability is a bit more complex.

Without getting too deep into the weeds, since we have written about third-party liability before, we will leave it with a question: Do you know who might be at fault after a semi-truck accident?

There is Often Hidden Evidence

Hidden evidence doesn’t necessarily mean the evidence was intentionally hidden or covered up.  Although, that does happen.  In this sense, it means there’s a whole bunch of evidence that most people wouldn’t consider looking for.  Trucking companies understand the risks and know how likely their drivers are to be involved in wrecks.  They (or their lawyers) also know what to look for to help disprove your claim so they don’t look like the bad guy.

Do you know who else knows what to look for after semi-truck accidents?  Yep, your Texas personal injury lawyer.

Federal Regulations Create Specific Rules

Speaking of liability, some of that comes down to the government’s regulations on semi-truck drivers.  These vehicles are big, and if operated poorly, they are dangerous.  Without scrutinizing the websites that outline drive hours, maintenance standards, load securing, and licensing – would you know what to look for to show the semi-truck driver wasn’t following regulations?

Emotional and Psychological Trauma will Endure

Many people will fail to consider some aspects of semi-truck accidents – actually, it’s an aspect of almost all wrecks.  Psychological and emotional injuries will last longer than you realize.  Most insurance companies are counting on the fact that you won’t even consider them.  Damaged vehicle?  Easy to calculate the costs.  Missed work and medical bills?  Also easy.  Ongoing PTSD, anxiety, depression, and a crippling inability to drive on the highways around semi-trucks… how do you factor that into your claim?

A good Texas lawyer, like those from Herbert Law Group, knows how to do all of that.  You can relax, rest, and recover while your attorney figures out the complex legal stuff.

Herbert Law Group Knows Semi-Truck Accidents

By now, you get it: you need a lawyer after a semi-truck accident.  And that’s exactly why Herbert Law Group is here.  Semi-truck accidents are tricky, they’re complex, and dealing with insurance is the last thing you want to do when you’re trying to recover from injuries.

So, let’s chat about what happened and see how we can help you.  Call our office at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  We’ll have a free consultation and get to know each other.

5 Perks of Hiring a Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

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After a Wreck, You Need a Lawyer

If you’re in a fender bender, things are often pretty straight forward.  You exchange information, contact insurance companies, get quotes to repair the damage, and go about your day.  It’s a pain and a burden, but there’s no reason for a lawyer to get involved most of the time.

However, if you’re injured in a truck accident, there’s a whole lot more going on than just exchanging information and getting a settlement check.  You need a Texas truck accident lawyer on your side to help ensure you receive compensation that’s going to allow you to heal completely.  Let’s check in with the Car Crash Captain to learn the five perks of hiring a Texas truck accident lawyer.

1 – You Can Focus on Recovering from Injuries

We have talked about it before – stress lengthens the time it takes to recover from injuries.  Your mind and body are connected.  When you are stressed out, like from dealing with insurance companies, doctors, police, repair shops, and trucking companies, your body isn’t able to heal as quickly as it should.  When you get help from a truck accident lawyer, you can get the rest you need to recover.

2 – Texas Truck Accident Lawyers have Expertise

Being in an accident with a big rig isn’t the same as a fender bender in the Walmart parking lot.  There are multiple parties involved, different damages, and a much more complex insurance system to work through.  A lawyer helps navigate those complex issues and uncover aspects that most people wouldn’t think of.

3 – Time and Ability to Research the Wreck

When you’re recovering, you have minimal energy and time to get things done.  Sometimes, such as when you’re asking for video evidence, there is a limited time period before it is overwritten.  Your Texas truck accident lawyer will know how to acquire the evidence, who to talk to, and the most efficient ways of reconstructing the scene.

4 – Experience to Negotiate a Better Settlement

Most initial settlement offers are not going to be sufficient.  That’s often true even when there are no injuries – if someone totals your $25,000 vehicle you might get a settlement offer for $18,000.  When you include injuries and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, many insurance companies will completely low-ball their offer to you.  Your attorney, however, knows what’s fair and can negotiate a higher settlement.

5 – You Receive Compensation that is Sufficient

When you get help from a truck accident lawyer, you have a higher chance of successful negotiations.  Your lawyer will go to bat for you, even going to court if it comes to it.  The end result is that your compensation is higher than if you tried to go it alone.  That higher compensation means you have an easier time recovering from your injuries and getting back to your life as usual.

Herbert Law Group has Texas Truck Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a Texas truck accident, or if a loved one was killed in one, then we should talk about what happened and how we can help.

Just call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we can have a free conversation about it.  Let’s get to know each other, learn what happened, and see how we can help.

Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers in Dallas talk Rear-End Collisions

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What You Should Know about Semi Truck Accidents

Did you know that 23% of all motor vehicle wrecks are rear-end collisions?  That means if you’re in a wreck, there’s a 1 in 4 chance that you’re hit from behind.  As semi-truck accident lawyers in Dallas, we see plenty of wrecks that are rear-end collisions with the big rig at fault.

What should you expect after one of these crashes?  What leads up to them?  We’ll see what the Car Crash Captain has to say about getting rear-ended by a semi.

Why Are Rear-End Collisions so Common?

Getting hit from behind is largely due to one factor: not paying attention.  The driver behind you, for whatever reason, isn’t watching where he or she is going and they slam into the back of you.  The modern use of smart phones has only exacerbated this problem.

What about in the case of a semi?  At that point it can get a little more complicated than just not paying attention.

A fully loaded semi can take as much as 1.5 times the distance to stop than a passenger vehicle.  So, if you slam on your brakes and it takes you 100 feet to stop, the truck following behind you will take 150 feet.  This added stopping time can create some serious problems.

If the truck driver isn’t paying attention while driving, the vehicle ahead is in danger if they have to stop – even when the driver is following at a safe distance, that extra second or two makes a big difference.

On the other hand, maybe the trucker is paying attention.  There are still instances where a rear-end collision occurs.  If the trucker acts with lightning reflexes, but they’re following too closely, a wreck will still happen.

Now, there is a situation where you’re hit from behind and the truck driver might not be deemed at fault.  You probably know where we’re going with this.  If you cut in front of the truck, and then slam on your brakes in a fit of road rage, that truck will likely plow into the back of you and you’ll be held liable.  Brake checking is never a good idea – it’s an even worse idea to try to brake check an 80,000-pound vehicle.

What Happens when a Semi-Truck Rear Ends You?

The best-case scenario is that your vehicle is pretty smashed up – likely going to be deemed a total loss.  This best-case scenario, however, isn’t the most common.  Due to the weight difference between your passenger rig and the big rig, serious injuries are usually the result.  Often, you’re not the only victim.

When you’re hit by a semi-truck, your vehicle gets pushed around as though it weighs nothing.  This can lead to a multi-car pileup.  Depending on how fast the big rig was going at the time of impact determines how much damage everyone sustains – there are plenty of videos out there that show truck drivers that were distracted, and they plow through a line of stopped cars.

Common Injuries Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers See

Basically any injury from an accident that you can think of happens when semi-trucks rear-end passenger vehicles.

Whiplash even low speed collisions can result in strained necks.

Broken bones – spinal injuries are common, but other broken bones are as well.

Head injuries – including TBI from the head impacting a part of the vehicle.

Lacerations and bruising – the seatbelt can cause major bruising; broken glass can cut.

Even what appear to be minor injuries can lead to lifelong complications, and high medical bills.  It’s important to have a semi-truck accident lawyer on your side to ensure the compensation you receive is enough to cover those bills.

Herbert Law Group has Your Back

Herbert Law Group is on your side.  Our goal as semi-truck accident lawyers is to ensure that you aren’t left wondering what to do.  We know that recovery can be long and hard, and you don’t deserve to suffer financially as well.

If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a semi-truck accident, then we should talk about what happened and determine just where Herbert Law Group can help.

Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site, and we’ll reach out for a free get-to-know-you conversation.

Semi-Truck Accidents Should Decline with AI Advancements

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AI Advancements Improve Truck Driving

Artificial Intelligence is all the talk lately.  It seems that it was always just kind of there, but suddenly when Chat GPT launched, everything absolutely boomed.

This technology has been around for quite a while.  Only recently, however, has it really made its way into the mainstream.  A place where just about anyone with internet access can create AI generated art, write an AI generated story, and ideally create a better life for everyone.

So, how do AI Advancements help to reduce the number of Texas semi-truck accidents?  Let’s check in with the Car Crash Captain and see what’s going on.

There is a Lot of AI in our Driving Already

If you drive a newer vehicle, you have already used some of these AI advancements.  They make driving not only safe and easier, but more comfortable for those operating the vehicle.

What does AI consist of?  Generally, it’s the technology advancements in our vehicles.  It’s not true learning AI, that adjusts itself to your behavior, but rather AI that helps to modify your behavior in case something goes wrong.  For example:

  • Brake assist
  • Lane departure
  • Autonomous driving
  • Fatigue alerts

Some of these are mere bells or chimes that alert you, the driver, to take control and avoid a situation.  Others will take over control for you.  Some higher end, and newer, vehicles will learn your driving habits too, and be able to adjust to your preferences over time.

AI Advancements in the Trucking Industry

In the trucking industry, these AI advancements are already helping to save lives.  However, there are even more that can be implemented to reduce the number of wrecks.

For instance, AI can learn about variations in speed, lane departure, and more by analyzing data between the last stops, instances of variations, and driver fatigue.  These can be used to customize when, how long, and how often a driver should take a break.

AI can monitor maintenance of the big rig as well.  Analyzing tire pressure, fuel levels, engine performance, and more will allow the computers to make on-the-fly changes that can prevent a wreck before something goes wrong.

Driver facing cameras can learn the signs of fatigue in a truck driver.  As the driver becomes drowsy, a system of alerts can ensure that he or she is able to pull over and take a break before they get too tired.

Over time, other cameras will be able to scan the road for hazards, and take preventative action before the driver even sees what’s going on.  These computers can then communicate to other vehicles, to let them know what is to be expected down the road.

There is far more coming down the line, especially as autonomous trucks become more prevalent on our roadways.  But the bottom line and ultimate goal is to continue to make the roadways safer for everyone, while keeping the economy moving forward with efficient transportation.

Come to Herbert Law Group after a Truck Wreck

No matter how much technology there is in a truck, something will still go wrong.  Despite the AI advancements that will help to reduce the number of wrecks, there will likely never be a time where there are absolutely no truck wrecks.

That is why Herbert Law Group is dedicated to ensuring that victims are taken care of after an accident.

If you were injured in Texas truck wreck, or a loved on died as a result of one of these wrecks, it’s important that we make sure you’re receiving the compensation that you deserve.  Let’s chat about what happened, and determine how we can help.

Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site and let’s get to know each other.

Hours of Service Laws for Truck Drivers

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Hours of Service Laws May Impact your Semi Truck Accident Case

Commercial truck drivers are held to different standards than the average motorist.  Since these professional drivers are on the road for more hours, often driving huge vehicles, they have rules to follow so everyone is kept safe.

One of those rules limits the number of hours they can be on the road.

Let’s check in with the Car Crash Captain and learn about these rules, why they’re important, and how they can impact your truck accident case.

What are the Hours of Service Laws?

The laws differ slightly if the driver is carrying property (cargo, goods, etc.) or if they are carrying people (like on busses, etc.).

For drivers carrying property, they can only drive for a maximum of 11 hours after taking 10 consecutive hours off.

For drivers carrying people, they can only drive for a maximum of 10 hours after taking 8 consecutive hours off.

Property drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.

People drivers may not drive after being on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty.

Property drivers must take a 30-minute break once they hit 8 hours on the road.

Both people and property drivers may not exceed 60 hours on duty in a 7-day period, or 70 hours in an 8-day period.

Thoroughly confused?  Don’t fret about it too much unless you’re a truck driver.  Otherwise, the details of the laws are something that your truck accident lawyer in Texas already know, and they’ll come into play when analyzing your case.  If you really want to brush up on your truck driver laws, check out the FMCSA website.

What if those Laws aren’t Followed?

The real issue is what happens when a commercial driver decides to ignore those laws?  What if they fudge their numbers a bit and exceed the limits?

We aren’t talking legal implications, yet.

The laws aren’t just random and arbitrary.  They’re the result of years of study and research.  After analyzing truck driver patterns, wrecks, and causes, the result was that by implementing these hours of service limitations, the number of wrecks caused by fatigue are greatly reduced.

When these service hours aren’t followed, the likelihood of a Texas truck accident go up.  And so does the likelihood of using chemical substances to reduce fatigue.

Getting caught, of course, is going to severely impact the driver and the trucking company.  Federal penalties, fines of up to $16,000 (even higher if the driver is transporting hazardous material), reduced safety ratings, and other sanctions are possible.

Who is Liable if the Laws are Broken?

As with all commercial vehicle accidents, liability isn’t always straightforward.  There can be several at-fault parties.

The first party looked at is always the driver.  They are in control of the vehicle, and in control of how many hours they put behind the wheel.  Many trucks now have electronic logs that are difficult, if not impossible, to tamper with.  But older trucks still require the driver to manually input hours into their driving log.  If the driver willingly exceeded their allowable hours, they could be liable.

Some companies, however, don’t care too much about those laws.  Faster shipments mean more money, and it is not unheard of that a company will force drivers to keep driving even after they have hit their limit.  If this is the case, the trucking company may be liable.

Drivers and trucking companies will try to do whatever possible to negate or pass the blame.  If you’re not prepared with a Texas truck accident lawyer on your side, will you be able to argue for your own compensation?  What if you’re seriously injured in an accident?

Herbert Law Group Helps Maximize Your Settlement

Many people believe that their settlement will be lower because of the attorney fees.  The difference, however, is that when you use an attorney, you should be able to collect more compensation than if you try to go it alone.

Suppose this scenario.  You are injured and the insurance company offers a $100,000 settlement.  But you hire Herbert Law Group to help you receive the compensation you need to fully heal.  Our Texas truck accident lawyers work to bring in a $300,000 settlement for you.  Even after attorney fees, you still have at least double what you would have received had you argued for yourself.

Let’s talk about what happened and make sure we can help you.  Call us at 214-414-3808, or fill out the contact form on our site.  It all starts with a free conversation, and we’ll take it from there.